Sometimes it feels like you have to do a reverse mortgage on your house (does anyone really know what that is, btw?) just to take a vacation! Maybe that’s why many Americans don’t take all of their allotted vacation time they get from work. Seriously, though. Vacations are expensive. And if you don’t do your research, planning, and saving beforehand, it could be devastating to your credit score.
Not all credit cards are created equal. There are a lot of popular cards out there that you probably shouldn’t take overseas with you. Take, for example, the Chase Freedom credit card. It’s one of the most popular credit cards Chase has. Unfortunately, it has a 3% foreign transaction fee.
Thankfully, there’s an easy solution: take a credit card with you that has no foreign transaction fee. And there are a ton of options at your disposal.
Two things you should know about these options first:
That’s a headline you probably don’t read every day. So apparently a woman had a three night stand (oddly, I doubt she was standing much) with some dude named Michael and sued the hotel she stayed at demanding the full name of Michael. Why? She got pregnant, had a kid, and now wants child support from him.
Gin is a spirit that most people have probably heard of. But can you tell me what it’s made of? Not many people can. So before I begin my reviews of a few select gins, I’ll give you a brief history of the drink that is gin.
Most of the time, there’s not much debate over what defines a spirit. For many, (like scotch, bourbon, and tequila) it’s based on the ingredients that are in the spirit, the origin of it, and the process by which it’s made. That’s not the case for gin. Gin is mainly defined by its flavor, which, traditionally, is juniper berries.
The problem is, with no governing body to determine if each batch of gin tastes like juniper, you end up with gins that taste very different. Another reason that you’ll find one gin that tastes significantly different than others is because distillers all have their own recipes and are free to add other ingredients (typically some kind of botanical) to achieve their desired taste.
With that said, here are my reviews for the following three gins:
Mike Rowe, the former host of one of my all-time favorite shows, “Dirty Jobs” (and current host of one of my favorite podcasts, “The Way I Heard It”) recently took to Facebook to weigh in on the United Airlines fiasco after a fan asked him about it.
When traveling, it’s important that you can pack everything you need, and easily have access to it. That is why, when possible, I try not to check a bag.
It’s certainly in your best interest to pack a carry-on instead of checking a bag. It’s cheaper, your luggage is less likely to be lost, you’ll have everything you need with you at all times, and it’ll save you time.
Yes, packing is important. And you also need to know how to do it. Which is probably why the questions I get the most deal with packing. One of them is, “what’s in your bag?”
I've decided to answer that question in this post. So without further ado, the following is everything I can fit in my carry-on(s):
When you see a video from the tropical island of St. Maarten, most of the time it’s of an airplane landing. The videos (if you haven’t seen ‘em) are popular in the aviation circles. I wrote about one of the videos here.
But occasionally the wind blows inland, and the planes have to take off over the beach. And that was exactly what was happening when this video (below) was taken. This video is insanely terrifying.
The plane that’s taking off, a Fokker 70, uses basically the whole runway before lifting off the ground flying over the beach just a few feet above the heads of the onlookers.
By now, most have probably heard of the situation United Airlines is in. In case you haven’t, let me sum up what happened for you: a passenger on a flight from Chicago to Louisville was forcibly removed from the plane because the airline overbooked the flight and no passenger was willing to give up their seat for a pretty hefty stipend.
At first, the airline offered the passengers a reported $400 voucher and a hotel stay. When that didn’t work, they upped their offer to $800. And when that didn’t work they randomly selected four passengers to give up their seats. Three did, albeit, probably begrudgingly. The fourth passenger didn't give up his seat. He said he had to be back in Louisville the next day for work.
Security ended up coming onto the plane, threw him across the aisle, and, literally, dragged him off the plane. Unfortunately for United, it’s 2017, and everyone records everything with their cell phones.
Since then, United has apologized. But too little too late. The airline has lost hundreds of millions in market cap, and now people want to boycott the airline.
However, there are certain things that still need to be talked about. With that, the following are among my observations:
The country is currently in the middle of a whiskey revolution. Sales have skyrocketed in recent years, and the thirst for all kinds of whiskey doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
Under the umbrella that is whiskey, one of the most popular kinds is bourbon. But bourbon’s cousin, rye whiskeys, aren’t too far behind. The main difference between a bourbon and a rye whiskey is the grain used to make it. Bourbon is made from at least 51% corn. A rye is made from - not surprisingly - at least 51% rye grain.
So if you are into bourbon but have never tried a rye, or just curious about how they taste, I’d start with these three:
Sometimes it’s almost impossible not to check a bag, like, for example, when you’re going on a long trip. I mean, that’s certainly what I do when I plan on being out of town for at least a week. It's only natural.
But, ultimately, the less you have to check a bag, the better. Why? There are several reasons:
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